A family member of mine recently started a new job. Previously, they were in the same role for over fourteen years! This is a very long time to be doing the same thing. She was content in the role she had, but hit a point where there was no more room for growth. No room for growth meant no more responsibility, no more raises, etc. When an opportunity for a promotion in a different department was brought to her attention, she decided it wouldn’t hurt to apply.
For the promotion, the application/interview process took several months. When she finally got the job offer, there were a few things to consider. One of the biggest factors was compensation, but also simply a new beginning. This specific job would require her to relocate to Seattle from the Portland area (after COVID). When thinking about compensation, she had to take into account the pay raise, relocation package as well as some extra benefits that came with the position.
After weighing all of the pros and cons, it was a no brainer to take this job offer. I think that compensation motivated this behavior because it was a substantial pay increase with a good relocation package for three years to make it worth the relocation to Seattle. The compensation combined with new responsibilities led my family member to leave her old position where she was working comfortably for fourteen years. Although in this situation compensation was a big factor, it certainly wasn’t the only one.